THE HONOR OF RESPONSIBILITY ~ ACTS 5:40-42

Rev. Dr. Tony W. Barr, Sr., Executive Secretary-Treasurer

North Carolina General Baptist State Convention

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Privilege, delight, and favor are words that codify the benefits believers enjoy when embracing Christian service. The honor of serving God develops from an individual understanding of God’s intimate knowledge of you. The Lord knows well all our activities, thoughts, intents and even our proclivities which reveal our lesser selves. Despite our falling short, the King of Kings maintains our employ as stewards of the manifold grace of God. Beloved, it is an honor to serve The Lord.


The honor of serving God is illustrated in Acts 5 when Peter and the apostles continued preaching the name of Jesus, despite having been beaten and placed in prison. The suffering actually increased their passion for servitude as they counted it an honor to have endured for the cause of Christ. I argue this was vocalized through action, not words according to Acts 5:41; So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. The apostles operated out of a sense of honor as they proclaimed

the salvific message of Christ Jesus (the Anointed Savior). They embraced the responsibility of preaching and teaching the Gospel, regardless of costs or ramifications. Many of the early disciples suffered and some to the extent of becoming martyrs. They committed themselves to duty-bound labor of love and thereby gave us witness to embrace the Honor of Responsibility.


Just as Peter and the disciples, how do we wholeheartedly accept the mantle of the Honor of Responsibility? First, it begins with revisiting your

personal salvation experience. This an evaluation of the heart, not what happened that day at church or wherever you may have been. It is an internal memorial, reminding you of the moment that led you to repent and surrender your life to Christ. Second, set aside time to spend with God where you inquire of your calling. By calling, I am referring to the unique person God made you to be. This is not a question of what you do, rather, it is a statement of who you are. Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 16:18; “you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Rocks were used as building material to erect structures. 


A Rock doesn’t have to act like a rock, it simply has to be a rock. Thirdly, allow, yield and completely give yourself over to the leading of the Holy Spirit, so He may direct your path in the Divine will of God. Allow God to drive, and you ride in the back of the chariot.


I beseech you to take on the Honor of Responsibility. I encourage you to remain steadfast and endure trials as a good soldier. Trials of life will be great and the difficulties will surely challenge your faith. When challenging times arise, rehearse the words of Ephesians 6:13; Therefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Message From Our Pastor

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,



I pray this newsletter finds you and your family being strengthened in prayer and surrounded by the love, grace, and faithfulness of God. Considering how we live in a fallen world it can seem like the enemy is winning and evil has the upper hand at times. Unfortunately, some believers can become complacent and spend the majority of their time complaining about all of the terrible things that are happening in our world. However, the opposite can also be true. We as Christians can become the change that we want to see in the world. God has not left us helpless or hopeless. God has endowed us with power in the person of the Holy Spirit. Likewise, God has equipped each of us with gifts, talents, and abilities that can aid those who are in need. The reality is that we may be carrying the answer to someone’s problem, the cure for someone’s condition, and the antidote for someone’s aliment. God can use us as His agents to bring hope and healing to all of humanity. We can do this by remembering to, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Our light shines the brightest in a dark world. Our light shines the brightest when we stand in faith against the dark deeds and dealings of those living destructive lives. Our light is the brightest when challenges prompt us to draw on the power of our God who is faithful. We stand with great confidence knowing that God has placed His light within us. The word that reminds us 1 John 1:5-7, “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” May we forever be grateful that light has come into our lives and we can share that light with those still living in darkness.



In His Service,

Rev. Dr. Alvin T. Armstead, Jr., Pastor



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STEPHEN MINISRY DATES

 GriefShare “Surviving the Holidays”

November 1, 2021 • 6:00 - 8:00 PM


Churchwide “Candlelight Service of Remembrance”

November 3, 2021 • 7:00 PM


GRIEFSHARE — “Surviving the Loss of a Spouse”

November 15, 2021 • 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Sick and Shut-In VISITATION MINISTRY

Contact Number: 336-761-1358; Extension: 1008


MRS. EVELYN CABBELL

Brookdale Assisted Living, Rm 27 2980 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

MARY ELIZABETH JACKSON
1836 Kentucky Ave NE
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
VALERIE SADDLER
2285 Mary Dee Lane
Winston-Salem, NC 27107

ELSIE SCALES
South Fork Assisted Living-Room 116
1345 Jonestown Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
ANITA THOMPSON
805 South Merritt Mill Rd. Apt 105
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

CLARENCE WATSON
Salemtowne Rehabilitation Center
1550 Babcock Drive - Room 7219
Winston-Salem, NC 2710



Sick and Shut-In: Hospital or at Home

  • R. Colin Brown
  • Reginald Brown
  • Thurman Clayton
  • Laura Cooley
  • Eva Howell
  • Dorothy Jones
  • Jennie Jones  
  • Veronica Wright


October Birthdays


1

Ruth Burton Easley
James Kennedy
3
Kim Davis
Bonnie Henderson
4
Tannan Hardy
5
Deanna Wynn
7
Yolanda Cropps
Betty Garvin
8
Herman Brunson
Alexander Marshall

9
Lamond Dubose
Jamie Reaves
Cassius Smith
10
Bertina Duncan
Brandon Stewart

11

Marcus Anthony
Jilian Palmer
Bernice Witherspoon
12
Stephonia Davis
Richard Miller
David Lee Smith Jr.

13
Ruby Covington
Stephanie Palmer
14
Marie Hoyle
Jaleesa Robinson
15
Andrais Brandon
17
Bertha Carter
Braxton Hairston III
19
Elaine Bevels

20
Carolyn Botley
Iris Brandon
Yolanda McClure

21
Clinton Andre’ Crawley
Lola Franklin
Sterling Vaughn 
22
Amber Brooks
Margaret Fulton
Harold Martin
23
Charles Blackwell, Jr.
Mary Davis
Gaired Jordan
Verschello Nelson
24
Beth Hairston

25
Gloria Jackson
Melinda Terry


26

Charles Bethea
John Gist

27
Royce Barrett
Rashaun Rousseau
Lisa Scarfi
Roberta Simms
Richard Stewart
Antonio Sunday

28
Saundra Amos
Mariah Moore
Claudia Turner
29
Vickie Cuthrell
Iola Hill
30
Teresa Bradley
31
Michelle Scott

 Senior Missionaries Outreach 

Trellis Supportive Care, formerly Hospice & Palliative Care Center was founded in 1979. It is the oldest hospice in the state of North Carolina. Their mission is to provide support to families and compassionate care for individuals living with life-limiting illnesses through quality medical, emotional, spiritual, and social support. To support this worthwhile organization for their caring and compassionate service to our community, the Senior Missionaries donated large print word search books, jigsaw puzzles, coloring books and colored pencils for enrichment and fun activities for patients. Please see the list below of other items that would benefit Trellis Supportive Care. Contact Senior Missionary President Kathy Hines kapplewhite57@gmail.com for more information about the Senior Missionary Circle. We currently meet virtually at 11pm on the third Saturday except for the months of July, August and December. We welcome your participation. We are all Missionaries!


DONATION WISH LIST

The following items are always appreciated at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home: 


 FAMILY KITCHEN/PANTRY

*single serving packages requested* 

Canned soup

Canned meat

Microwavable meals

Spaghetti sauce

Pasta

Grits

Oatmeal

Aluminum foil

Plastic wrap

Ziploc bags

Plastic containers

Paper plates

Plastic silverware


PATIENT CARE

Nail clippers

Nail files

Deodorant (non-aerosol) 

Hair combs

Disposable razors

Shaving cream

Dark colored washcloths

Dark colored bath towels

Denture cleaning tablets

Chips

Trail mix

Candy

Sugar-free snacks and candy


WELCOME BAGS

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Chapstick

Mouthwash

Hand lotion

Small notepads

Ink pens

Breakfast bars

Cookies/crackers


MISCELLANEOUS

Word search books

Crossword puzzle books

Playing cards

Coloring books

Crayons

Colored pencils

Birdseed

Puzzles *100 piece or less*